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Legionella IFA test

Legionella Reference Laboratory


Health Science

Lab name

Legionella Reference Laboratory

Lab location

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

Test name

Legionella IFA test


Legionella species

Turnaround time

5 working days

Requested for surveillance


Notice required


Sample requirements

Paired serum samples (at least 500 μL samples) – initial taken within seven day of onset of symptoms (acute serum), second taken at least 3 weeks after the initial sample (convalescent serum)

Pre-transport requirements

Send serum samples immediately.  If shipping is delayed for more than 48 hours, store frozen at  -20°C.  Avoid repeated freezing and thawing of serum, as this will decrease the antibody titre.

Transport requirements

Send at 5 ± 3°C within 24 hours or -20°C within 24 hours.

Unacceptable sample types

Haemolysed serum; single serum samples

How results reported

Positive or negative for the detection of anti-legionella antibodies

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